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Last Updated: Sunday, 22 February, 2004, 11:27 GMT
Lowe dismisses agent presence
Southampton chairman Rupert Lowe
Southampton chairman Rupert Lowe played down the presence of Glenn Hoddle's agent at the St Mary's thriller against Everton.

Hoddle's agent Dennis Roach heard Saints supporters voice their dissent at suggestions that the former Saints boss is primed for a second spell in charge as favourite to take over from Gordon Strachan.

But Lowe insisted Roach's presence had no bearing on speculation that Hoddle could be appointed on Tuesday or Wednesday.

Lowe said: "Dennis Roach comes to a lot of our games, we're his nearest club.

"There's nothing else for me to say - it's all in the programme," said Lowe, referrring to his programme notes in which he launched a spectacular tirade against local media coverage of the Hoddle saga.

Lowe vowed he would not be rushed into the appointment of Strachan's successor but said: "At half-time today, 30,000 people must have been thinking `get the new boss in for the second half,"' as Southampton trailed 2-0.

The Saints chairman dismissed Roach's presence as "nothing to do with anything.

We should have killed the game off in the first half
Everton boss David Moyes

"The name Hoddle has been mentioned and the topic isn't exactly a secret.

"But the chairman and the board will interview a cross-section of people and whoever gets it will be getting a very good job.

"It will be a decision that's right for the club for two, three, four years or possibly longer."

Stand-in boss Wigley was relieved at Saints' stirring second-half performance after a spineless first half display.

Wigley said: "I was really pleased I didn't have to explain that performance at half-time as I'd have been fed to the lions.

"Let's be honest - we couldn't get any worse. We didn't win any headers or tackles and we passed to blue shirts.

"The first half was shocking and we could only get better - which we did."

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